Sutton underwent what was supposed to be season-ending wrist surgery in October 2008, yet returned in time to rush for 114 yards in his team's bowl game against Missouri on Dec. 29. He is still not completely recovered -- he did not do the bench press at the Combine -- but will be 100 percent in advance of his first Mini Camp.
Sutton talked about his health, his likeness to Darren Sproles and much more in this interview from the NFL Combine.
Do you watch Darren Sproles? What can you take from his game?
You can't measure the intangibles. He has great heart and he's very competitive. Those things don't show up on paper, but he does a great job of going out there and competing every single day. He uses his size to his advantage. He can hide behind those 6-foot-9, 320-pound guys and see the end zone from there.
RB Tyrell Sutton
I think we are coming back. We have a very conceivable trade. We may be little, but we definitely play big. We are making a comeback.
Does your size dictate your role in the NFL? Do you expect to be an every-down back or more of a situational player?
I'll do whatever they want. I'm not a selfish guy. I don't need to be the guy who gets the ball 20 times a game. I can be a guy who plays personal protector. I honestly don't care. If I can contribute to a team and make the team better, I'm all for it.
Can we assume that means you're gung-ho about special teams, as well?
I love [special teams]. I kind of have a linebacker's mentality. I grew up as a defensive player until I went to high school, so I'd love to go down and hit somebody. It's been a long time since I got to deliver a full blow instead of take one on at running back.
Does coming from a spread offense hurt your draft stock?
I don't think it will necessarily hurt me. Being in the spread offense, it's a lot harder than being in the I-formation. You take a lot of hits. You're 5 yards from the linebacker, so they can see every single move you make. You don't necessarily have enough reaction time to make a guy miss. But when you're in the I-formation, you have the fullback taking on the majority of hits.
Have you read any of the pre-draft rankings? Where do you expect to go?
I don't really particularly care about the rankings or anything like that. I just want to get my foot in the door and show that I can play. If I get invited to a Mini Camp, get drafted or go through free agency, I don't really care. As long as I make it to a team or make it to a camp so I can show my talents on the field, everything will take care of itself.
If the Chargers call your name in April, what will you bring to the team?
Versatility. I'm a team-oriented guy. I'll do whatever it takes to get on the field, whether it's special teams or playing offense or playing defense. I haven't played defense since high school, but if they need me on defense, I'll play defense. It doesn't really matter. I'm a very competitive guy and I'll do whatever it takes to contribute.